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Kids' sugary drinks habits start early

January 27, 2017
in Kids

Despite health messages to limit sodas and other sugary beverages, most American children drink them often, new government statistics show. Nearly two-thirds of boys and girls ages 2 to 19 drink at least one sugar-sweetened beverage daily, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The national survey of dietary habits from 2011 to 2014 also found that sweetened beverages account for more than 7 percent of total calorie intake for kids. “For children, studies have shown that consuming sugary beverages is associated with weight gain, type 2 diabetes and dyslipidemia [high cholesterol], all of which have serious negative downstream health consequences,” said CDC researcher Asher Rosinger. Consumption of sugary drinks -- including sports drinks, juices and sweetened coffee -- is also linked to heart disease and tooth decay, among other problems, the researchers said. Intake of these drinks is highest among 12- to 19-year-olds, but it’s not clear why. “Our report did not look at parental behaviors, like supervision or attitudes toward dietary guidelines, which may modify kids’ behaviors,” Rosinger said. Currently, nearly 13 million U.S. children and teens are obese, putting them at risk of serious future health problems such as diabetes and heart disease....

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